(the sign on Chris and Kelly’s piano. I thought it was appropriate)
Re-posted (with editing) from May 2013
Ask that your way be long.
At many a Summer dawn to enter
with what gratitude, what joy –
ports seen for the first time;
–From “Ithaca” by Constance Caverfy
That stanza from the “Ithaca” poem ran through my head, as our plane descended two years ago Sunday, and Houston came into view. I had an aisle seat, but I leaned forward to see this new place, that was to be my future. I blinked rapidly as my eyes filled with tears.
Everyone else on the plane was returning from a vacation at Disney World. I was beginning a new life.
I was greeted by my brother-in-law, Chris, and his wife, Kelly. They had done the legwork, to make this change possible, and I stayed with them for the two nights I was there.
All right, so let’s talk about their house. We always suspected that Chris and Kelly didn’t have a lot of stuff, and now we have confirmation of it. The refreshing thing is that Chris and Kelly don’t consider themselves to be “minimalists,” because they don’t consider their lifestyle to be countercultural. They just have what they need and what they want, and that’s all. Intentional living is a way of life for them, not something new that they are trying to embrace.
So let’s take a look!
We had a wonderful trip, discovering a new city. And we saw that simple living can have many faces, and that one minimalist family does not live like another. The key is to create your own ideal lifestyle.
Keep chasing those dreams!
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